so apparantly no one in the forum knows how to do this. :) I managed to make some headway using rich:layout.
I'm sure ppl on here know how to do this. Seam is an application stack and integration framework. One of the frustrations of getting help with Seam apps is knowing where to post your questions. In this case, you need to post this question in the RichFaces forum.
Perhaps this will help: http://www.jsfsummit.com/blog/max_katz/2009/06/using_rich_layout_and_rich_layoutpanel_components
I hate being a newbie. :-)
I guess in my frustration and haste, I didn't realize my mistake of posting in the wrong forum.
Thanks for your prompt reply, btw! I appreciate it.